In addition to That hum to go by (Mammoth books), Jeff Schiff is the author of Mixed Diction, Burro Heart, The Rats of Patzcuaro, The Homily of Infinitude, and Anywhere in this Country. Hundreds of his pieces have appeared in more than a hundred and thirty publications worldwide, including The Alembic, Bellingham Review, Cincinnati Review, Grand Street, Ohio Review, Poet & Critic, Tulane Review, Tampa Review, Louisville Review, Tendril, Pembroke Magazine, Carolina Review, Chicago Review, Hawaii Review, Southern Humanities Review, River City, Indiana Review, Willow Springs, and Southwest Review. He is currently serving as the interim dean of the school of graduate studies at Columbia College Chicago, where he has been on faculty since 1987.
Frances Park is the author or co-author of ten novels, memoirs, and children’s books highly praised by The Times Literary Supplement, The Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, NPR, Radio Free Asia, and Voice of America. Her titles include To Swim Across the World (Hyperion), My Freedom Trip: A Child’s Escape from North Korea (Boyds Mills Press) and Good-bye, 382 Shin Dang Dong (National Geographic Books). Her forthcoming memoir That Lonely Spell: Stories of Family, Friends & Love (Heliotrope Books 2022) deals with love and loss against the backdrop of her unique Korean American experience.
Abdulmugheeth Petersen has a passion for anything that is related to language, literature and social justice and so, naturally, teaches High School English. Much of Abdulmugheeth’s writing portrays, and is inspired by, a world as seen through the overlapping lenses of life as an esoteric, a nonconformist, a muslim, a gay man, and a South African. He enjoys hiking and touring, but also snuggling up to movies or books with his partner and any cats they can find.
It seems almost impossible to pigeonhole Wallace Kaufman, except to say that he seems to have followed his nose down many interesting avenues in life. From an expedition to the arctic, and time spent living in Kazakhstan just after the fall of the USSR, to learning Spanish in order to raise his daughter in a bilingual home, and living alone in the woods. To hear him speak about it, it seems as if somehow, it all just happened. We are honored for him to have answered our questions.
Jade Riordan is an Irish-Canadian poet, an undergraduate student, and a selection committee member (poetry reader) with Bywords. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in The Blue Nib, Cha, Cordite Poetry Review, The Miracle Monocle, Spittoon, takahē, Vallum, and elsewhere.
K. Eltinaé is a Sudanese poet of Nubian descent, raised internationally as a third culture kid. His work has been translated into Arabic, Greek, Farsi, and Spanish and has appeared in World Literature Today, The Ordinary Chaos of Being Human: Many Muslim Worlds (Penguin), The African American Review, About Place Journal, Muftah, among others.
Hibah Shabkhez is a writer of the half-yo literary tradition, an erratic language-learning enthusiast, a teacher of French as a foreign language and a happily eccentric blogger from Lahore, Pakistan. Her work has previously appeared in Petrichor, Remembered Arts, Rigorous, Lunate, With Painted Words, The Dawntreader and a number of other literary magazines. Studying life, languages and literature from a comparative perspective across linguistic and cultural boundaries holds a particular fascination for her.
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and your dreamy neon lights,
Nascar cab drivers indifferent to my safety belts,
you’ve always given me a bed,
at times it’s been a park bench,
but if you couldn’t get me home you always woke me up
Then again came the voice that could silence me. The American professor who was the director of the expedition, Irene Demas. She had my left upper incisor in her shorts pocket.